One of the handy things about Google is you can use it to get a first approximation on controversies.
Take the maiden city, for example, the one known in Irish as Doire Cholmcille. There are eight million google hits for Derry, and only five million for Londonderry. Clearly the nationalists are winning that particular propaganda battle.
We tend to get sensitive over names. It’s not that hard to spell or pronounce the word Taoiseach, for instance, so why do some British commentators refer to the Irish Prime Minister. As for Éire Premier, don’t even ask.
The sporting world is not immune. The national soccer teams are known as the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, by order of FIFA.
Then there are the Lions. An international rugby test team made up of players from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, the team was formerly known as the British Lions, and latterly as the British and Irish Lions.
With a quarter million google hits each, the jury is split down the middle.
Happily, the controversy may not last much longer, since with the announcement of today’s team, we can put to bed that particular naming bugbear.
Clearly, these are the Irish Lions.